The Best Episodes of Friends

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2018

Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay are all friends, living off of one another in the heart of New York City. Over the course of ten years, this average group of buddies goes through massive mayhem, family trouble, past and future romances, fights, laughs, tears and surprises as they learn what it really means to be a friend.

The Last One (2)

#1 - The Last One (2)

Season 10 - Episode 18

Ross and Phoebe chase Rachel to the airport, but end up at the wrong one. They narrowly make it to the right airport, where Ross declares his love for Rachel, but she gets on the plane anyway. A rejected Ross returns home, where he finds a message on his answering machine, revealing that Rachel got off the plane, just as the real thing shows up behind him. They decide to be together. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica finish packing for their move to the suburbs, and Joey loses Chick Jr. and Duck Jr. in the foosball table.

star 8.78
875 votes
Writers: Marta Kauffman, David Crane
The Last One (1)

#2 - The Last One (1)

Season 10 - Episode 17

Ross and Phoebe chase Rachel to the airport, but end up at the wrong one. They narrowly make it to the right airport, where Ross declares his love for Rachel, but she gets on the plane anyway. A rejected Ross returns home, where he finds a message on his answering machine, revealing that Rachel got off the plane, just as the real thing shows up behind him. They decide to be together. Meanwhile, Chandler and Monica finish packing for their move to the suburbs, and Joey loses Chick Jr. and Duck Jr. in the foosball table.

star 8.57
1,124 votes
Writers: Marta Kauffman, David Crane
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The One Where Everybody Finds Out

#3 - The One Where Everybody Finds Out

Season 5 - Episode 14

When the friends discover that Ugly Naked Guy is moving out of his apartment, Ross leaps at the opportunity to get his own place again. Phoebe finds out about Monica and Chandler's relationship, and tries to get them to reveal the truth by seducing Chandler.

star 8.45
1,463 votes
Writers: Alexa Junge
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The One With The Proposal (2)

#4 - The One With The Proposal (2)

Season 6 - Episode 25

Monica struggles to decide between Richard and Chandler. Meanwhile, Rachel and Phoebe discuss their backup plans if they are not married before the time they're 40.

star 8.44
1,066 votes
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen
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The One With The Prom Video

#5 - The One With The Prom Video

Season 2 - Episode 14

After getting his big break, with Days of Our Lives, Joey pays Chandler back with $812 and an extremely tacky bracelet. Also, an unemployed Monica is hard up for money. And Monica and Rachel's prom video reveals Monica's former girth, Rachel's former nose and the way Ross has always felt about Rachel. This video brings Rachel to forgive Ross for the list.

star 8.33
1,454 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Alexa Junge
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The One With The Embryos

#6 - The One With The Embryos

Season 4 - Episode 12

Joey and Chandler guess all the items that Monica and Rachel had in a bag after coming home from the market. This starts a competition between the boys and the girls, a question-answer game created by Ross. The sex that knows the most about the other one wins. Meanwhile, Phoebe goes to the doctor to get the embryos implanted in her uterus. The game ends tied, so Ross prepares the "Lightning Round." Monica and Chandler raise the bet: if the girls win, the boys get rid of the chick and the duck, but if the boys win, they have to switch apartments. At the end, the boys win because the girls don't know Chandler's job. Just when the two couples are changing apartments, Phoebe surprises everyone announcing she is pregnant.

star 8.31
1,326 votes
Writers: Amy Toomin, Jill Condon
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The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding (2)

#7 - The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding (2)

Season 7 - Episode 24

Joey encounters problems trying to get off the movie set to officiate the wedding when the star turns up drunk. Meanwhile, Ross desperately searches for the missing Chandler as Rachel and Phoebe try to keep Monica from finding out. While the girls are searching, they come across a positive pregnancy test in a garbage can which they assume is Monica's. However, it turns out that it may actually belong to Rachel...

star 8.26
950 votes
Directors: Kevin Bright
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
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The One In Vegas (2)

#8 - The One In Vegas (2)

Season 5 - Episode 24

Ross draws a mustache on Rachel's face, which won't come off. Chandler prepares to go back to New York but Monica stops him. Joey tries to find his hand twin. Rachel refuses to leave her room and Ross desperately tries to make it up to her. Monica and Chandler are on a big roll. Chandler proposes to Monica; her response will be based on a throw of the dice. She rolls a hard eight and says yes. Rachel and Ross get drunk; he paints his face and they leave the room together. Phoebe gets kicked out of the casino but comes back in to annoy the "hand twin." Monica and Chandler go to the chapel to get married...only to find out that the drunk Ross and Rachel got there first...

star 8.23
986 votes
Writers: Greg Malins, Scott Silveri
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The One With Ross's Wedding (2)

#9 - The One With Ross's Wedding (2)

Season 4 - Episode 24

Phoebe calls to warn Emily of Rachel's impending arrival, but can't get through. The parents meet at the rehearsal dinner. Joey is homesick, but one of the bridesmaids fixes that. Rachel forgets her passport, but is soon on her way anyway. Chandler and Joey make toasts as the parents squabble. A drunken Chandler and Monica sleep together. Phoebe talks to Joey and warns him. Monica and Chandler act awkwardly around each other. The bridesmaid distracts Joey and Rachel sneaks through into the church. Ross is surprised but Rachel doesn't tell him of her feelings. Monica and Chandler decide to meet later.

star 8.22
1,062 votes
Writers: Shana Goldberg-Meehan, Scott Silveri
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The One Where Rachel Finds Out

#10 - The One Where Rachel Finds Out

Season 1 - Episode 24

Joey's new girlfriend wants to go to bed with him but he can't yet. He's participating in a fertility study. During Rachel's birthday party, Chandler accidentally lets it slip that Ross is in love with her. However, Ross is on his way to China to identify a bone for the museum. Monica is excited about becoming friends-in-law with her roommate but gets defensive when Rachel can't decide about whether she wants to be more than friends with Ross. But when she finally makes up her mind, it may be too late. Returning from China, with Rachel waiting at the gate, Ross is with another woman with whom he is obviously involved.

star 8.18
1,290 votes
Writers: Chris Brown
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The One Where Ross Finds Out

#11 - The One Where Ross Finds Out

Season 2 - Episode 7

A drunken Rachel is persuaded to call Ross and reveals her feelings for him on his answering machine. And when he finds out, he must make the choice between her and Julie. Meanwhile, Monica finds work as Chandler's personal trainer and Phoebe has a hard time trying to get her boyfriend to have sex with her.

star 8.18
1,433 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Michael Borkow
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The One Where Ross And Rachel...You Know

#12 - The One Where Ross And Rachel...You Know

Season 2 - Episode 15

Joey buys a big screen TV and two leather recliners with his newfound money. He and Chandler then spend a day refusing to leave the chairs. They even have food delivered to the girls apartment so they don't have to answer the door. Monica has a catering job for a friend of her parents, the attractive Dr. Burke. She ends up kissing him the next day at an un-needed eye exam and though there is a 21-year age difference between them, they begin dating. Ross and Rachel attempt to have their first real date, but Rachel laughs every time they kiss. When they try again the next evening, they are interrupted when Ross is called into the museum. It's too late to go to the restaurant so they have a picnic in the planetarium and end up waking up the next day naked in the display area with a group of Catholic school children looking in.

star 8.14
1,312 votes
Writers: Greg Malins, Michael Curtis
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The One With The Flashback

#13 - The One With The Flashback

Season 3 - Episode 6

When Janice asks the gang if any of them have ever slept together, the friends flash back to a time three years before.

star 8.14
1,402 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Marta Kauffman, David Crane
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The One With The Two Parties

#14 - The One With The Two Parties

Season 2 - Episode 22

The gang plans a surprise party for Rachel, but the real surprise is when both of her estranged parents show up for the same party. "Think!" urges Chandler. "What would Jack and Chrissy do?" Why, split it into two parties, of course -- one for each parent. But complications inevitably ensue.

star 8.13
1,237 votes
Writers: Alexa Junge
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The One With Rachel's Going Away Party (a.k.a. The One Where Rachel Goes To Paris)

#15 - The One With Rachel's Going Away Party (a.k.a. The One Where Rachel Goes To Paris)

Season 10 - Episode 16

With Rachel leaving tomorrow, the gang throws her a small going away party. She says goodbye to each of her friends individually, except for Ross. He gets mad and the two of them end up in a passionate kiss after she explains that she was putting it off because of how hard saying goodbye to him would be. Meanwhile, Erica is in town until the baby arrives and she ends up going into labor at the party.

star 8.12
1,103 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Andrew Reich, Ted Cohen
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The One Where The Stripper Cries

#16 - The One Where The Stripper Cries

Season 10 - Episode 11

Phoebe's bachelorette party features a rather unexpected surprise when the stripper shows up. Joey is on "Pyramid." Chandler and Ross flash back to 1987 to reflect on a pact they made when they were in college.

star 8.12
1,035 votes
Writers: Marta Kauffman, David Crane
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The One Where Ross Got High

#17 - The One Where Ross Got High

Season 6 - Episode 9

Monica's parents come for Thanksgiving, which is a problem because, not only do they not like Chandler, they don't know where he's living. Rachel makes a dessert--with beef. Phoebe develops a crush on Mr. Geller. Joey and Ross can't wait for dinner to end so they can go to Janine's "Thanksgiving with models".

star 8.12
1,398 votes
Writers: Greg Malins
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The One Where Rachel Has A Baby (2)

#18 - The One Where Rachel Has A Baby (2)

Season 8 - Episode 24

Drake reports to Phoebe. Chandler and Monica look for a room in the hospital to use for a tryst. After 21 hours of labor, Rachel's ready to have the baby. Joey blows it for Phoebe but fixes it just as quickly. The baby is in breach, but comes out okay. After Ross and Rachel kiss, the baby is named Emma Geller Green. Monica and Chandler find a janitor's closet. Janice convinces Rachel that she needs a guy who will be around. Ross still isn't interested, but Phoebe talks him into it. Joey finds the engagement ring. Rachel thinks he's proposing and says yes, as Ross walks down the hall with flowers.

star 8.11
907 votes
Directors: Kevin Bright
Writers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman
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The One At The Beach

#19 - The One At The Beach

Season 3 - Episode 25

The gang goes to the beach. In search of her father, Phoebe meets a family friend with links to her family's past, who may know more than she's letting on. Ross discovers that Rachel still loves him, and must choose between sex-crazy, but bald, Bonnie and Rachel, the love of his life. After the gang plays strip poker, Joey winds up sleeping naked on the beach. And Chandler wonders why Monica doesn't think he's serious after he asks her if she would ever go out with him.

star 8.10
1,164 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Adam Chase, Mark J. Kunerth, Pang-Ni Landrum
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The One With All The Poker

#20 - The One With All The Poker

Season 1 - Episode 18

Tired of being referred to by customers as "Excuse me" Rachel interviews for a job as an assistant buyer at Saks Fifth Avenue. She also sees another side of the usually docile Ross when the girls face the boys during a not-so-friendly game of poker.

star 8.10
1,436 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz
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The One With The Rumor

#21 - The One With The Rumor

Season 8 - Episode 9

Monica invites an old friend from high school over for Thanksgiving dinner, unaware that Will started a "We Hate Rachel" club with Ross. Meanwhile, Joey vows to eat an entire turkey by himself, and Chandler and Phoebe pretend to watch football to avoid helping in the kitchen.

star 8.09
1,250 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Shana Goldberg-Meehan
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The One With The Thanksgiving Flashbacks (a.k.a. The One With All The Thanksgivings)

#22 - The One With The Thanksgiving Flashbacks (a.k.a. The One With All The Thanksgivings)

Season 5 - Episode 8

Although the Thanksgiving meal is great, Chandler is still moody over his parent's divorce during the holiday when he was a boy and Ross is depressed about his second divorce. The group reminisces about their worst Thanksgivings in order to cheer them up, and Monica's worst memory is revealed.

star 8.08
1,371 votes
Writers: Greg Malins
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The One With All The Resolutions

#23 - The One With All The Resolutions

Season 5 - Episode 11

With the New Year, the friends make New Year's resolutions. Ross resolves to try a new thing every day. Chandler resolves to not make fun of his friends for a week. Joey resolves to learn how to play the guitar, with Phoebe as his teacher. Rachel resolves to give up gossiping. Chandler nearly goes insane holding it all in. Ross is stuck in a sticky situation at his date's apartment, in constricting and hot leather pants. Rachel discovers a big secret (Monica and Chandler) that threatens to spoil her resolution.

star 8.07
1,295 votes
Directors: Joe Regalbuto
Writers: Suzie Villandry
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The One With The Blackout

#24 - The One With The Blackout

Season 1 - Episode 7

Just as Phoebe's about to sing miserable folk songs at Central Perk, New York has a blackout. The gang returns to Monica and Rachel's apartment, where Ross is about to tell Rachel he likes her. Meanwhile, Chandler is stuck in an ATM vestibule with Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre, whom he desperately tries to impress.

star 8.06
1,764 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Mike Sikowitz, Jeffrey Astrof
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The One With A Chick And A Duck

#25 - The One With A Chick And A Duck

Season 3 - Episode 21

Monica considers a dream job in Pete's new restaurant, but Phoebe fears there is more to the deal. Joey and Chandler adopt a baby chick and a duck. And Ross misses a panel for the Discovery Channel to help Rachel, who may have a broken rib.

star 8.06
1,212 votes
Writers: Chris Brown
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